[18 December] Unsurprisingly the combination of Christmas and the reopening of shops, bars and services has seen people out in huge numbers compared to previous weeks. Walking and driving activity (Apple) is now above the baseline once again, and demand for Public Transport within Belfast jumped significantly, however it remains below baseline. In NI as a whole, average weekly driving activity is level with the baseline, and data from 15th December shows +6%.
TomTom congestion data is reflective of this too, as more people use their cars within Belfast, traffic builds across the network. We’re seeing a return to patterns of earlier in the year, with rush hour peaks earlier in the afternoon and activity much higher than for the same period last week.